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When the phone call came from one of the organizers of “Care for Creation: Hearing Earth’s Cry and Responding With Hope,” asking if Catholic New York would cover the daylong conference, my … more
Although I have had a lifelong struggle with the Rosary—I’ve always considered myself Rosary-challenged—I started praying this prayer more frequently of late, thanks to the encouragement of … more
Never forget my brothers, the priesthood is true and good and beautiful because it belongs to Jesus. He is the great High Priest.” These were the words spoken by Father Chris Martin, the … more
Roxanne Loper was almost home. Her journey had begun 15 months earlier when she spotted a picture of a baby girl on the World Partners website and sensed something special. She and her husband, … more
As you know, my first column in November, the month of the Faithful Departed… more
En la Biblia, el pobre, el huérfano y la viuda son el prototipo de personas excluidas de la sociedad, los más pobres entre los pobres; por ello, ya desde el Antiguo Testamento Dios aparece como su … more
Fight for Identity In the 1995 movie, “Citizen X,” there is a particularly powerful scene that can contribute to every discussion of what a man is and what a woman is. In a 23-second exchange … more
Each October, for the past half dozen years, I have made a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., to attend a meeting of the CPA-CNS Liaison Committee. The acronyms represent the Catholic Press … more
You are aware, I trust, that these weeks of October are designated Respect Life Month. As Pope Francis recently observed, almost all our problems and woes can be traced back to a loss of reverence … more
In two weeks, we will mark the day when the guns of World War I fell silent, the fighting stopped and the Armistice was signed. It happened 100 years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918. Observing that … more
Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyla had a well-developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on … more
Confió que ustedes están conscientes, que estas semanas de octubre son designadas al Mes del Respeto a la Vida.Como observó recientemente el Papa Francisco, casi todos nuestros … more
El papa Francisco, en la Exhortación Pastoral Evangelii Gaudium, al hablar del impuso misionero, ha vuelto a traer a colación el tema de la acedia, nos habla de la “acedia pastoral” que lleva a … more
If you are looking to see a good example of how an active and vibrant parish functions on Sunday mornings, you should visit … more
I stood in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express in Syracuse one recent Saturday morning … more
While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
Escandalizar”, en un contexto religioso, significa literalmente poner tropiezos, obstaculizar el camino de alguien para encontrarse con Cristo, … more
A few months ago, I was at a gathering with brother priests and one of the young men helping at the dinner approached me when he heard that I am the vocation director … more
The Best-laid Plans The parents of a growing family, three children in tow and a fourth on the way, decided it was time to expand their house as well. There was plenty of indoor living area, but … more
When I received the email about last week’s America Media program on “Pope Francis: The Foundations of His Papacy,” I found it easy to say yes. After all, the Sept. more
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